This post is officially brought to you by the letter “P”. Peaches, Produce and a Public Safety Announcement regarding Poison Ivy. The peaches are in high season right now, and I mean the good ones that come off the pit cleanly. What a snoot I am – I also have to have mine peeled or it reminds me of licking the cat – blechhh!! Not that I’ve ever done that! I swear, really!
Nate is so proud of his tomato patch! He goes around carrying this hunk of a tomato and showing it off to us all. His tomato plants are taller than me. I’ve never seen anything like it. And like his mom he has to document it with a photograph.
And should you be feeling all jealous of this summer bounty, let me tell you, it is not without its risks. I picked blackberries growing roadside for about an hour one evening. For my troubles I got a raging case of poison ivy, and my arms and legs look like I went through razor wire (those are some wicked thorns). So let us discuss poison ivy. First off, identification:
Leaves of three leave it be! This is not some quaint little saying – it’s true. This is a poison ivy plant. The thing that helps me remember how to identify it are the bottom two leaves on the branch of three. They look like mittens. If you can identify it you can avoid it. If you identify it too late and you’ve already gone traipsing through it – then your first course of action is to get home, strip off all clothing and immediately wash in hot soapy water, then do the same with yourself. It is the oils from the plant that remain contagious. It is NOT the resultant rash and blisters that form that cause spreading. The problem is the rash doesn’t show up immediately, it shows up a few days after exposure. Which is what happened to me, the %#&*$ poison ivy was hiding amongst the blackberry bushes. So, let this be a lesson to you kids.